Briefly: Paramount has got Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters just about packaged and ready to shoot, with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in the lead roles as grown-up Hansel and Gretel, who have dealt with their childhood trauma at the hand of a witch by hunting other witches. (Cheaper than therapy, and probably more fun.) Famke Janssen plays the leader of the witches being hunted by our heroes. Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) directs.
Now the film has a March 2, 2012 release date, and we know that MGM will co-finance the film. Which is weird, given that MGM has been looking to other studios to co-finance its own films. Chalk it up to bridge-building. Spyglass Entertainment is now running MGM, and the heads of that company have a long-standing friendship with Paramount, so it mostly makes sense. Oh, and in Deadline‘s report about the release date the film is called Hansel & Gretel 3D. Contacted for clarification, Paramount reps say that, yes, the film is in 3D (we knew that) but it is still called Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Minor news on the Snow White battle front today. We’ve talked twice about Julia Roberts possibly joining the cast of Relativity’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, to be directed by Tarsem Singh. First time was when she was rumored, then when it looked like she would take the plunge. Now we’ve got confirmation that Tarsem’s evil queen will be Julia Roberts.
No word on further casting for the film at this point, but with one of the most famous actresses in the world as the evil queen, one imagines the rest of the cast won’t take long to fall into place. This also puts the Snow White battle into a more pitched mode — neither Relativity or Universal (which has Snow White and the Huntsman set to shoot) seem willing to back down. Are we really going to end up with two big Snow White revamps? [Deadline]
After the break, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters also gets a female villain. Read More »
It seems like only minutes ago when we were talking about Eva Green and Naomi Watts being cast in The Dark Knight Rises. Oh, wait, it was. Hot on the heels of Collider’s initial report, The Hollywood Reporter has come to the plate with their own short list of actresses vying for the two female leads in Christopher Nolan‘s third Batman film and neither Green or Watts are on the list. Their list includes Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway (who have both already been mentioned) Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Gemma Arterton. Reportedly, each one of these actresses has a scheduled test for the film in the next two weeks. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Will 2011 be a year of cinematic fairy tale revamps? There are dueling Snow White films in the works, and now Paramount has taken the next step to move forward with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Jeremy Renner was said to be circling the role of the adult Hansel, which is now apparently a locked piece of casting, and now Paramount has cast Gemma Arterton as his sister Gretel. Read More »
Michael Mann may run behind Guillermo Del Toro in the race for ‘most possible projects’ but at this point I think he’s neck and neck with Lee Daniels for second place. The filmmaker has a number of potential new films in the works in addition to his HBO show Luck: Agincourt, which takes place at the famous battle of the same name, Chicago mobster movie Big Tuna, and, possibly, a new film version of For Whom the Bell Tolls.
And then there’s Capa, based on the life of war photographer Robert Capa, in particular the short romance he shared with Gerda Taro, also a photographer. Now it seems like Gemma Arterton is set for the latter role, with Andrew Garfield a possible actor to play Mr. Capa. Read More »
Filming is almost underway for Men in Black 3, the 3D sequel that will reunite Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and director Barry Sonnenfeld, but for those that still aren’t on board, here’s some last-minute casting to help get you in the mood.
The deals aren’t finalized yet, but Sharlto Copley, Alec Baldwin and Gemma Arterton are all negotiating roles for the film, which finds Will Smith traveling back in time and teaming up with Josh Brolin as a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones’ character K. Learn more about these actors’ potential roles in the film after the break. Read More »
The performance of Machete has had a good effect on Danny Trejo. He’s getting cast more often than ever right now. His latest resume addition should be Tarantula, an ‘indie biker thriller’ in which he’ll co-star with Erin Cummings. (And in this case, it’s the movie that is indie, not the bikers. Maybe an important point.)
Oley Sassone will direct (and also directed the Corman throwaway Fantastic Four, uh-oh) from a script by John Kersey. The story follows “a woman (Cummings) who breaks away from a tight-knit biker gang to start a new life but finds that escape is not so easy. Trejo plays the self-styled leader of the gang looking for the woman as well as revenge for his brother’s death.” [THR]
After the break, Jennifer Garner books a second role in two days, and many possible roles for Gemma Arterton. Read More »
Last year it was announced that 20th Century Fox had hired Ridley Scott to direct a series of 3D prequels to the classic sci-fi film Alien. Apparently Scott is about the begin the casting process and has a meeting scheduled with Prince of Persia/Clash of the Titans star Gemma Arterton for the lead female role.
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It has been long rumored that Jonathan Liebesman has been in the running to direct a sequel to 2010’s Clash of the Titans. Heat Vision now confirms that Warner Bros has signed Liebesman to helm the sequel, with Legendary Pictures producing the project.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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